Thanks for the advice!
I’ve just gotten Gerson’s book in the mail today and have been flipping through it, already seeing some great compacts I’d like to start my collection with! I also picked up a Miller’s guide to compacts in general and have learned a few things from that as well. Ebay is a very interesting place to just browse and see what’s out there.
Greyhound – you were definitely no rambling! I very much appreciate the insights & advice – they are so valuable to someone who is just starting out!
I guess what I’m saying is that I have gone from “mildly interested” to “definite” collector. I’m definitely following your advice to buy what I fall in love with and am happily browsing to find that “first” peice for my collection!